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Latino Daily News

Saturday July 7, 2012

Wisin & Yandel’s New Album Aims to Attract Wider Audience

Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel presented in Los Angeles their new disc “Lideres” (Leaders), which includes performances with Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown and T-Pain, and which, they say, makes them feel “more universal than ever.”

“It’s a disc for the world,” Wisin told Efe. “Jennifer gives us an international touch, and so does Chris who is very hot. We brought together the leaders for this disc and used European producers to give it a different sound,” he said.

“We made this music to reach a wider audience…it’s a really great disc, well worked and recorded with a lot of love,” Yandel said about the content of the record, their ninth studio album. “We feel more universal than ever,” he said.

“It’s not easy to get these artists together on one disc,” Wisin said about the names who took part in the project, including Franco El Gorila, O’Neill and Alberto Stylee.

“The work speaks for itself. This is what makes Wisin & Yandel keep growing. That they are here with us,” he said, “tells us there’s a lot more we can do.”

If in the past the duo worked with artists like 50 Cent, Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin, now it’s the turn of Jennifer Lopez, with whom they launched the first single, “Follow the Leader,” a big hit on dance floors and whose music video was shot by the Dominican Jessy Terrero in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco.

“The truth is that we thought it would be a hit just with the combination” of singing with J.Lo, “but then we put it together with a great video and the chemistry worked really powerfully with her. The combo is a big draw with the Latino audience,” Yandel said.

The duo is obviously proud both of the album, which went on sale July 3 and is already No. 1 on iTunes in countries like Mexico, Venezuela, Bolivia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Colombia, and of the first single “Follow the Leader,” which is way up on the charts in a number of countries.

This Saturday the duo shoots the video of their second single, “Algo Me Gusta de Ti” (There’s Something I Like About You), in Los Angeles, together with Chris Brown and T-Pain.